Archive for the ‘My Work’ Category
Here are various updates and downloads to which I referred during the Adobe MAX 2010 conference this week. Soon, I plan to have another post where I review things and include funny stories about the life of a traveling Handbill Delivery Device Salesman.
@phillip Puzzle Page winner:
After about 5 months and 3000 puzzle pages delivered (see “Puzzle Page Printed”), I finally did the drawing and Ian Topping won! Congratulations and incase anyone (justifiably) feels like they want proof–here’s a clip I filmed in public after the drawing: http://vimeo.com/16320713
(download) Thinking in ActionScript Slides:
I did an authorized conventional break-out session for Adobe Max on Monday October 25th at 5pm. Good time to get some Zss–which of course I don’t take offense to (like I would if it were one of my regular students). I got the ratings from the evaluations (just the numbers–not the written comments). The average was above 4/5! That’s the best I’ve gotten so far at a MAX (people are usually brutal with me–which, I respect… though honestly it’s mainly the written comments that I value most… and I haven’t seen yet). In any event–thanks for turning them in! I had 87 people actually fill out the evaluation which is great. Alas, I’m still not rated a “Max Master” like R Blank (who was quick to send me his evals to prove he retains this rating).
Novelty “Reserved” Placecards
These were a lot of fun though some people didn’t realize how much fun… I ran out of all of them (except “in search of Director users”). The “Jaded CF Programmers ONLY” (sic on the oxymoron) went the fastest… “Rejected CF Programmers ONLY” when second fastest. But, anyway, just print the link below and cut them out–use card stock for a more effective joke. Requires no comedic training and can be a load of fun.
Finally, in case you didn’t catch my act… or you saw one of the more-bad ones… here’s a “less bad” one that I recorded:
Also available at the handy url: http://www.tinyurl.com/handbills-delivered
Includes hints for @phillip’s Puzzle Page:
For well over a decade I’ve been producing printed handbills. Starting with years of the all text, very dense, “The Phillip Newsletter”. It would have hidden puzzles once in a while but it was very dry overall. I produced a Wanted Poster a couple years ago as my first venture in graphic color printing. That was followed by the old timey style true handbill.
Naturally, there’s a good chance you have one or more of these artifacts!
Anyway, that last handbill was never mailed or stacked for people to pick up, but always handed by me personally. Well, nearly 100% of the 3000 I estimate I handed out.
My latest printed item is the @phillip’s Puzzle Page where you have a chance to win CS5 Master Collection. (Because of past behaviors I now need to clarify that, in fact, this is a real contest and you really can win your choice of CS5 for mac or windows…. totally legit.)
So, anyway, you can TRY to do the puzzle page from the soft version below. I really have to be clear that I don’t believe it’s very easy to solve all the questions without having a properly printed version. However, I will also say the puzzles aren’t terribly difficult and they are all very do-able. They’re not arbitrary. And, now that I’ve handed out about 300 I can safely say there’s nothing of significance that I’ve discovered that make these puzzles unclear or unfair. I’m not changing anything if I have to print more.
By the way, thanks to Influxis and for sponsoring my handbill!
>>>> Here’s a PDF if you missed the link above: @phillip’s Puzzle Page
…and, a printing sample:
I’m developing online versions of my ActionScript 3 courses at PCC. If for no other reason than to provide a distraction that keeps me motivated, I’ve also begun to produce videos to help understand a few concepts. The first two are linked below–the first should help students break their programming task down into small steps when they answer “What do you want to do and when do you want to do it?”. The second simply helps you memorize the convention that instance names begin with lowercase and class names begin with uppercase. More to come!
Here are links to my presentation recordings and promised downloads. It’s also all listed at phillipkerman.com/max09:
AS3: Tastes Good and is Good for You Too!
session recording (tv.adobe) (and below)
Video Production on the Cheap (FITC Unconference):
Here we’re given a rare glimpse at Adobe evangelist Lee Brimelow actually working!
Thanks to Jerry Chabolla and Rick Mason for the footage. This is just the first set (of 3 awards). More to come:
I had a blast doing the FITC Awards Show this year–I’ll post a compilation of video clips of the live event (and intersperse the full clips). In the meantime, here’s a playlist of the introductions and interstitials. They’re a little out of context in this form–but more soon: